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Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch
Narrator: Mhairi Morrison
Series: Wild Wicked Highlanders #2
Published by Tantor Audio on November 17, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 12 hours, 5 minutes
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When a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, every rule will be broken!
Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor―and herself.
Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden―but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .
I actually read Scot Under Covers at the beginning of this year and enjoyed it, but I requested the Audio from Tantor before I realized that fact. Still it was a fun story and sometimes I like to go back to something easier to read that I know I’m going to enjoy. With everything that is happening in the world today, that is exactly what I felt like doing and I was glad because sometimes a narrator can make a book even better with their performance.
Aden has to find a bride or his family home in Scotland loses the financial support they are receiving from his mother. It isn’t that he doesn’t want a bride per say, he was actually thinking about before learning of the deal his father made but all the women in England so far seems like tittering fools. That is, until he meets Miranda who gives him a dressing down first thing upon meeting him for being a gambler. She has some backbone to her and is beautiful, maybe, just maybe he can change her mind.
Miranda is in trouble and needs the kind of help only Aden can provide. Her brother has gambled away a fortune he doesn’t have and the man he owes all this money, wants just one thing, Miranda as a wife. But that can’t happen, she absolutely loathes the man who swindled her brother. She strikes a deal to help Aden wander through English society, if he helps her get out situation her brother dumped her into.
I’ve enjoyed the Wild Wicked Highlanders series quite a bit so far. The characters have been fun and I liked the family dynamic of the MacTaggerts. There is the side story of a mother trying to reconnect with the boys she was forced to leave behind and how she can help them now in their lives. The love they show to their sister is sweet as they didn’t get a chance to grow up with her and are making up for lost time. I’m not sure if I’m okay with Matthew as a beau for the young Miss MacTaggart after this book as he tried to sell off his sister to secure his own happiness after he made dire mistakes. But perhaps he will be able to redeem himself in the next book of the series with the eldest MacTaggart finding a wife.
Mhairi Morrison is a new to me narrator who seems to only have been doing this for a few years. She captured the Scottish Brough of the boys so well and I liked her performance of Miranda as well. Her narration added something to the story for me and upped my rating 0.5 Stars. I listened easily to this at my usual 1.5x speed which at a few points seemed a smidge too slow with Mhairi’s pacing but her voice was a great match for this story and added to my enjoyment of it.
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